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Confession: Turning Back to God

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! View worship bulletins >> One of the rhythms of our Sunday worship is confession: being honest with God about ourselves, our hearts and our choices. When we do so, we can freely receive God's forgiveness, resting in the knowledge that He knows us...

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God is Stronger

Posted by Tim McConnell on

William Shakespeare filled his plays with great spiritual conversations. Many of his characters represent different convictions or philosophies of life. In Hamlet, the character Horatio is a committed naturalistic materialist. He never says those words, but he is a man convinced that the only...

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What's Happening - Week of August 5

Posted by Todd Naevestad on

Here's what's coming up next week at First Pres: View the full calendar Sunday, August 5 Join us for worship at 8:30, 9, 10 or 11 as we continue our sermon series, Me to We: A Study in Ephesians. We will be covering Ephesians 5:21-6:9. Pastor John Goodale will be preaching in the Sanctuary...

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Christ and the Church, the Grand Design

Posted by Todd Naevestad on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! View worship bulletins >> To accompany our 10 a.m. service, Jim DeJarnette, our Minister of Worship and Music penned the words to this hymn. Take a moment to read through it and reflect on the great love God shows us through His church. Join us...

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Alone Is No Good

Posted by Katie Fowler on

It’s no good. That’s what God says in Genesis 2. Interesting isn’t it? In creation, God delights in all that God is bringing about: “And God saw that it was good." It was good.It was good. On day 6 we read in Genesis 1, “God saw all that he had made, and it was...

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Global Leadership Summit: Lieutenant Colonel Mark Schmidt's story

Posted by Todd Naevestad on

Can you be a leader not just for results, but for the wellbeing of your people?  Lieutenant Colonel Mark "Kaiser" Schmidt needed to answer that question as he saw so many of his wingmen becoming great pilots but empty people. When given the assignment of Commander of the 435th Fighter...

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What's happening - Week of July 29

Posted by Todd Naevestad on

Here's what's coming up next week at First Pres: View the full calendar All Week First Pres has the privilege of helping families experiencing homelessness to have a safe place to sleep for the next two weeks. Several volunteer positions are still open to make these IHN hosting weeks a success...

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Life Groups: Pray For Each Other

Posted by Katie Fowler on

So, what exactly is a Life Group? I get that question a lot. Here’s how we talk about Life Groups: they are smaller communities where we are known by name, pray meaningfully for one another, trust one another enough to speak Scripture into each other’s lives and live...

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Global Leadership Summit: The McCormick Brothers' Story

Posted by Todd Naevestad on

How has the Global Leadership Summit inspired those who have attended? The McCormick brothers are young business owners whose regular attendance at the Summit has given rhythm and direction to their work and provided momentum to push them beyond their peers in fulfilling their calling. Watch...

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Life Together

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of my heroes of the faith. Born into a thriving Germany at the height of its cultural, intellectual and economic influence, Bonhoeffer and his family watched their nation pitched into warfare and decline during World War I. Then they watched in terror as the country...

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